Paulus Noa

ACC to investigate Parliament fraud

ACC to investigate Parliament fraud

The Director General of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Paulus Noa, has confirmed that the state agency will initiate an investigation into allegations that more than N$1.2 million was stolen from the National Assembly. “Taking into consideration the magnitude of the allegations as circulating on the social media and also in the print media, ACC will initiate preliminary investigation into the allegations,” Noa said. According to a media statement issued by the National Assembly (NA) on Saturday, two National Assembly officials have resigned and one discharged from their jobs after they allegedly stole more than N$1.2 million. The National Assembly admission…
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Opposition parties to challenge Noa re-appointment

Opposition parties to challenge Noa re-appointment

Andrew Kathindi Opposition parties in the National Assembly will oppose a decision by this chambers to re-appoint Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director General, Paulus Noa, and his second in charge, Deputy Director General, Erna van der Merwe, Windhoek Observer can reveal. This was confirmed by Popular Democratic Movement Leader, McHenry Venaani, following a special session of the National Assembly today which approved President Hage Geingob’s nominations of Noa and van der Merwe. “All the opposition [parties] together have just taken a decision that we are approaching the court on an urgent basis to nullify that decision,” Venaani tells Windhoek Observer. Noa…
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ACC’s boss, Parliament debate on hold . . . following chaos in August House

ACC’s boss, Parliament debate on hold . . . following chaos in August House

Andrew Kathindi The debate on the re-appointment of Director–General of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Paulus Noa, is indefinitely on hold after Parliament descended into chaos. Swapo’s Party’s Chief Whip, Hambyuka, Hamunyela, proposed an “end” to the debate after nearly two hours into the debate. “I move in terms of rule 106 A of the standing rules and order that the question be now put to the speaker to close the debate.” The motion, which the Speaker tried to correct as not a motion, was not received well by the members of the Nati0nal Assembly with Speaker of Peter Katjavivi, stating…
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PDM to oppose Noa’s re-appointment

PDM to oppose Noa’s re-appointment

Andrew Kathindi The Leader of the official opposition, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), McHenry Venaani says his party will reject the nomination of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director General, Paulus Noa, when the matter is brought for debate tomorrow, 28 July. Prime Minister, Saara Kugongelwa, on Tuesday afternoon confirmed to the National Assembly, which met for a special session after it has been on an indefinite break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that Noa and his second in charge, Erna van der Merwe, have been nominated by President Hage Geingob. “We are going to vehemently argue against the reappointment of Noa. He…
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Dennis Noa remains in custody

Dennis Noa remains in custody

Kandjemuni Kamuiiri Dennis Noa, son of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director, Paulus Noa, made his second appearance on Friday at Katutura Magistrate court, facing charges of sexually violating an 18- year-old male patient at Katutura Hospital. According to magistrate Shikalepo Atutala Namwenyo, investigations are still not finalized. “The matter is scheduled for further investigations, which are outstanding as they have additional statements to be obtained, and further analysis from the lab (Nation Forensic Science Institution of Namibia) to be obtained. We have agreed the date of 22 July 2021 for further investigations,” Namwenyo stated. The magistrate added that “the objections to…
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Special treatment claims swell around Harvey Boulter, Dennis Noa

Special treatment claims swell around Harvey Boulter, Dennis Noa

Maria Hamutenya and Rose- Mary Haufiku The recent transfer of rape accused Dennis Noa from Wanaheda Police Station to Seeis Police station on the outskirts of Windhoek has brought perceptions of special treatment for high profile suspects in Namibia. Dennis Noa, son of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director, Paulus Noa, appeared on Wednesday for the first time at the Katutura Magistrate court on allegations of sexually violating an 18 years old male patient at Katutura Hospital. The patient is in Intensive Care Unity (ICU) after sustaining a head injury from a car accident. According to Deputy Commisioner Kupembona responsible for Investigation…
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No request for de Klerk’s extradition . . . as trial looms

No request for de Klerk’s extradition . . . as trial looms

Andrew Kathindi With less than two months before the Fishrot pre-trial in the High Court, Government is yet to begin the extradition process of lawyer Maren De Klerk, dubbed “paymaster” of millions of state funds from Fishcor. De Klerk, who has been indicted by the Prosecutor-General (PG), Martha Imalwa, has been in South Africa for over a year. Director of the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC), Paulus Noa, said the extradition process is initiated by the Ministry of Justice. But the Justice ministry Head of Legal Services responsible for extraditions, Simataa Lennon Limbo, denied this. “No request for Meren De Klerk lies…
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Shipena’s transfer backlash unfounded – Noa

Shipena’s transfer backlash unfounded – Noa

Andrew Kathindi Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director General, Paulus Noa says that backlash over the transfer of its Executive Director, Hannu Shipena, is misplaced. This week’s surprise reassignment is the prerogative of the appointing authority says Noa. It has nothing to do with the substantive work of the corruption watchdog. Secretary to the Cabinet, George Simataa announced yesterday the appointment of new Executive Directors and the transfer of others to new posts. Those involved included Tylvas Shilongo from the Namibia Central Intelligence Service who was appointed Executive Director of the ACC, replacing Shipena. The decision was met with criticism by Popular…
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Geingob drawn into CoW fight

Geingob drawn into CoW fight

...as ACC declines to investigate appointment Staff Writer President Hage Geingob again has been entangled in the fight between the City of Windhoek (CoW) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Robert Kahimise and the city council over its decision to reappoint City Police Chief Abraham Kanime on a three year contract. This comes after the CoW Chief Executive Officer wrote to the President on Friday asking for his intervention after the Swapo led council pushed through the appointment of Kanime despite a contradicting legal opinion and objection from Kahimise, who is the municipality’s chief accounting officer. When contacted for comment, Kahimise was…
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